America’s Great Outdoors Should Protect Berryessa Snow Mountain

Jul 7, 2010

Tuleyome to Speak at America’s Great Outdoors Davis Event

Tuleyome is on hand today to tell the Obama Administration their ideas for protecting America’s wild places and reconnecting people with nature. Congressman Mike Thompson is hosting an Obama administration listening session at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis, July 7 at 11am.

“Protecting wild places like the proposed Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area, reconnecting kids with nature, and public participation in land steward activities are American values that are important for our children’s future,” said Vallerye Anderson, Campaign and Outreach Director for Tuleyome. “President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative is a great opportunity for setting our national conservation priorities for the next century.”

John and Judy Ahmann, Napa County cattle ranchers and Tuleyome Board members, feel strongly that we need to protect our public lands. “We must protect the Berryessa Snow Mountain region for future generations,” commented Judy Ahmann. “We need to get kids outside and we need to protect our neighboring ranches so they aren’t developed.” The Ahmann’s recently donated a public hiking trail easement across their ranch and also completed a Conservation Easement on their 3000-acre ranch east of Lake Berryessa.

Bob Schneider, Senior Policy Director for Tuleyome says that how we manage our public lands is important to us all. “We need new strategies to protect plants and animals into the future, better manage the impacts of recreation and provide economic opportunities for our gateway communities. A Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area can accomplish this.”

“Our public lands give us clean drinking water, healthy air, and natural places to enjoy,” said Alice Bond, a public lands associate at The Wilderness Society in California, a Tuleyome coalition partner. “Connecting, protecting and restoring this treasured area and other unique landscapes should be a cornerstone of America’s Great Outdoors.”

Andrew Fulks, Tuleyome’s President has led land stewardship projects on public lands including the eradication of Arundo and tamarisk on the wilderness stretch of Cache Creek. “It is not enough to protect the land. We need active programs to involve citizens in taking care of it.”

Tuleyome’s Underserved Youth Outdoor Exploration Program gets kids out to kayak, hike and build trails. Participating teens from the local Woodland Youth Coalition will also be voicing their opinions at the Davis event. “We need to fund this work and integrate our youth into agency programs,” said Vallerye Anderson. “On a hiking trip at Cold Canyon one teen said, ‘Wow. I didn’t know there were wild experiences like this in my own backyard.’ All kids should have this opportunity.”

Background on America’s Great Outdoors
America’s Great Outdoors is an opportunity to transform conservation for the 21st century, and leave a legacy that future generations can enjoy. America’s public lands provide health, economic and recreation benefits that sustain our communities. Protecting, connecting and restoring our public lands should be a critical component of a successful America’s Great Outdoors.

The Obama administration established America’s Great Outdoors to hear Americans’ best ideas for developing a new conservation strategy.

America’s Great Outdoors, a national conservation initiative, kicked off with a conference in April 2010 where government agencies came together in a show of unity to address conservation for the 21st century.

After hearing stories from across the country this summer the administration will compile our best ideas into a November report that will focus on a revitalized national outdoors initiative that benefits all Americans.

Background on Berryessa Snow Mountain National Conservation Area
Located less than 100 miles from the Bay area and Sacramento, the region stretching from Lake Berryessa to Snow Mountain is our outdoor wonderland. It gives us clean drinking water, spectacular views, and places to hike, kayak, and more. Local people have come together to support designating the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Conservation Area so future generations can enjoy this natural treasure. The administration should defend this treasured area against threats and protect this and other special landscape for future generations.

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About Tuleyome: Tuleyome is a regional non-profit conservation organization whose partners include the California Wilderness Coalition, The Wilderness Society, California Native Plants Society, Defenders of Wildlife, the National Hispanic Environmental Council and anglers, hunters, boaters, birders, botanists, and elected officials.